Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (2)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Following the Yellow Brick Road to compromise...
Michael Jenkins' sadly overlooked 1988 film of David Williamson's play Emerald City is one of the most horribly accurate films about screenwriting and independent filmmaking outside the USA, where everything hinges on an imaginary presale and appealing to the Americans even if it means throwing out cultural identity and your country's own stories out of the window...
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Trevor Willsmer

versus
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't hear a word they were saying
The sound quality on this DVD is so poor that I gave up after fifteen minutes. I couldn't hear a word anyone was saying even at high volume. There is a reason why this DVD costs less that 2.
Published 2 months ago by Camilla Macaulay


Most Helpful First | Newest First

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Following the Yellow Brick Road to compromise..., 26 Aug 2010
By 
Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)    (TOP 100 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Emerald City [DVD] (DVD)
Michael Jenkins' sadly overlooked 1988 film of David Williamson's play Emerald City is one of the most horribly accurate films about screenwriting and independent filmmaking outside the USA, where everything hinges on an imaginary presale and appealing to the Americans even if it means throwing out cultural identity and your country's own stories out of the window. Constantly swinging between wanting to create art and wanting to have the big commercial success that comes to the most undeserving and derivative, John Hargreaves' idealistic but constantly compromising screenwriter is the film industry in all-too human microsm, but despite being now marketed as a Nicole Kidman film, the standout performance comes from Chris Heywood as the bottom-feeding hustler who rises without a trace and with no visible signs of talent. He's the kind of producer who's a common feature at every film market, hopping from deal to deal by sheer force of will and infectious but misplaced enthusiasm without ever producing anything of merit.

The material does work better as a play, not because Williamson's own screen adaptation isn't good - apart from one botched infidelity scene it is - but because the film occasionally seems in danger of becoming the very thing it's satirising too (Chris Neal's catchy upbeat score certainly tends to steer the film more to feelgood comedy than lacerating satire) and often the performances are dialled up to 11, not least of them John Hargreaves' thinly disguised impersonation of the playwright. The autobiographical moments aren't hard to spot: the scene from 'Heroes of the Dardanelles' that a chauffeur describes is actually the finale of Williamson's screenplay for Gallipoli. Yet it manages to get the balance right more often than not and avoids falling into too much in-jokiness, keeping the dilemma recognisably human and universal. It's the kind of story that could just as easily be transposed from Oz to the UK, South Africa, Eire, Canada and any other English-speaking territory desperate to get in with the big boys, but it has certainly proved remarkably prescient about the future of Australian film industry, where being used as a cheap backlot for Hollywood pictures has become more important than telling their own stories and where everyone sells out when big success seems possible, even if it means turning a novel about Aboriginals into a film about blacks in Tennessee. Naturally it never got a presale to the US...

The film was released as a barebones cheap DVD in the UK, but it's worth looking out for the two-disc Australian special edition that boasts a fine transfer and a trio of pertinent documentaries on the film and its author.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't hear a word they were saying, 28 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Emerald City [DVD] (DVD)
The sound quality on this DVD is so poor that I gave up after fifteen minutes. I couldn't hear a word anyone was saying even at high volume. There is a reason why this DVD costs less that 2.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy it!,, 11 Oct 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Emerald City [DVD] (DVD)
just don't waste time and money, even Kidman presence couldn't give a sparkle to this film. Boring clattered scenes , looks like amateur's home made movie.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a few funny moments but a very average film in most respects, 21 May 2007
This review is from: Emerald City [DVD] (DVD)
This film is about a middle-aged married couple who move from Melbourne to Sidney to try and further their careers - the man as a screenplay writer and the woman as a book agent.They have to sacrifice quality of work for what will sell and become more like the aggressive and business-minded people they work with in Sidney which is portrayed as a place of high professional standards but low moral standards.There is a lot of dialogue - most of it of no consequence or interest to the viewer at all -

and action is virtually non-existent.There are some funny moments and the viewer gets to see a young and relatively unknown (in 1990) Nicole Kidman

acting in a movie from her home country.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Emerald City [DVD]
Emerald City [DVD] by Michael Jenkins (DVD - 2007)
1.70
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews